Thursday, September 04, 2008

James Baloian: Maps

There are maps
the body looks for
where it begins
to keep secrets,
false names.
The hands curl into stones,
sleep alone under the dust
of darkened roads.
At these moments --
the body inhales itself.
Fear stands in the mirror,
teeth white as the moon.
Nightly, shadows
knock at the window
until the window opens
to let them in.

James Baloian. This poem has appeared in Mid-American Poetry Review.

No comments: